Controversial Minister Expected to Succeed Outgoing Kuwaiti Oil Minister

Published February 11th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Kuwait's electricity and water minister, Adel Al Subaih, is expected to succeed oil minister, Sheikh Saud Nasser al-Sabah after the latter turned down an offer to join the new cabinet, political sources were quoted as saying by the Gulf News. 

"Al-Sabah was apparently offered another ministerial portfolio but asked to be excused," a source said. 

The cabinet resigned last month due to internal differences and the sources expect a new government to be announced in the next few days.  

In December, Subaih, who is also minister of state for housing affairs, survived a no-confidence vote in parliament after intense questioning by opposition MPs. 

The sources said that Subaih, 48, was nominated after former head of Kuwait's Oil Company, Khaled Fulaij, turned down the offer. 

Subaih, who first joined government as health minister, has been a member of Kuwait's Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC), the country's highest oil decision-making body, since 1993.  

He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, awarded in 1983.  

According to the paper, the next government is expected to include a new defense minister, Sheikh Jaber Al Hamad Al Sabah, while Youssef Al Ibrahim will head the finance ministry -  









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